The Monday announcement was followed by a tweet from Bezos saying "Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth".
Amazon says it has bought the rights to a "Lord of the Rings" prequel series. As of the end of September, Amazon was reportedly working on 67 TV series and 20 movies, including three costly sci-fi projects.
Deadline reported that Amazon shed around $250 million Dollars to win the rights to the famous Tolkien series. The original trilogy starred Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom-no word yet if any of the original cast will be asked to be in the Amazon series.
Further details - such as which writers, producers or actors would be involved, or when the show might debut - have not been announced.
George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books that series was based on, has said Tolkien's series was an inspiration. The three films directed by Peter Jackson earned a combined gross of almost $6 billion USA worldwide. "Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on JRR Tolkien's original writings".
Amazon has made it official guys! Mr Price's top lieutenant, Mr Joe Lewis, left Amazon shortly thereafter. The company is partnering with New Line Cinema, the film company behind the much-loved trilogy that was first released in 2001.
"We are delighted that [they], with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings", said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins.